HC Deb 03 July 1902 vol 110 cc682-3
CAPTAIN JESSEL (St. Pancras, W.)

To ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state what obligation attaches to this country and the other Powers, signatory to the Treaty of Berlin, 1878, in respect of the observance of Article 44, and what representations the Government †See (4) Debates C.V.L., 283 has made or proposes to make to the Roumanian Government and the cosignatories of the Treaty of Berlin on the subject.

(Answer.) The obligation in respect of the observance of Article 44 of the Treaty of Berlin rests with the Roumanian Government, and for the observance of this obligation that Government is responsible to the Powers signatory of the treaty. The Roumanian Government have always maintained that none of their legislation is based on any difference of religious creeds, and that the conditions of Article 44 have consequently been observed. His Majesty's Government have, however, made representations to the Roumanian Government with a view of securing a full and practical interpretation of the Article in question,; and they will continue to take such steps as they may consider best calculated to attain this object. We have no reason to believe that the other Powers co-signatories of the Treaty of Berlin would view with favour joint action in regard to this matter.—(Foreign Office.)